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2007 Domaine Le Clos du Caillou Cote du Rhone Bouquet des Garrigues

ITEM 7957291 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $20
Item Sold Amount Date
I7963522 3 $20 Sep 26, 2021
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Domaine Le Clos du Caillou

Le Clos du Caillou is a 110-acre estate in the commune of Courthezon, in the Cotes du Rhone appellation of France’s Rhone Valley. In addition to the acreage in Cotes du Rhone, the estate has 23 acres in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The estate has been owned by the Pouizin family since 1956, and is now run by Sylvie Pouizin. Le Clos du Caillou’s flagship wines are its Chateauneuf-du-Papes, which are blends of Grenache and Mourvedre. Also produced are white Chateauneuf-du-Papes made of Roussane, Clairette and Grenache Blanc.


France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône

The Southern Rhône Valley wine region extends from Orange in the north through the communes Lirac and Tavel in the southwest. The French call the region Côtes du Rhône Méridionales and it includes some of the best known appellations in France, such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas. The climate and landscape of the Southern Rhone differ significantly from the Northern Rhone. There are hot, often windy Mediterranean appellations near Nimes and the south, and higher altitude, relatively cool appellations such as Côtes du Ventoux to the east. Understanding the region can be confusing given that there are thirteen appellations and sixteen red and white grapes allowed for wines with appellation status. Syrah is grown here, but it is much less important than in the north. Grenache is the prominent red grape, though most red wines are blends of at least four varietals. Other commonly used red grapes are Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Muscardin. Counoise, Terret Noir, Vaccarèse and Syrah are also permitted. The primary white grapes are Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Bourboulenc, though Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne are permitted, as are Picpoul and Picardin. Of note is the Côtes du Rhone Villages AOC, which is only in the Southern Rhone. Though Côtes du Rhône AOC wine is made in both the north and south, the Villages appellation has stricter requirements for winemaking and is generally considered higher quality than simple Côtes du Rhône. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “There is a vast amount of enjoyment to be discovered in the southern Rhône…for these are some of the most sumptuous and pleasure-giving wines produced in the world.”